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Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by Washingtonian, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Pablo

    Pablo Hall of Famer

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    [QUOTE="GMUgemini, post: 122818, member: 9"He's done a pretty good job with some of the other hires he's made (lacrosse and men's volleyball especially, the recent men's soccer hire looks promising).[/QUOTE]

    I agree, although this is the lacrosse coach's final season - https://gomason.com/news/2020/1/27/...ason-tenure-at-conclusion-of-2020-season.aspx.

    But, as we all know, the men's basketball head coaching position is what defines the success or failure of Mason's AD.
  2. mkaufman1

    mkaufman1 Moderator Staff Member

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    #shaka2mason
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  3. gmutom

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    Noted. A case of Cherry Coke has been shipped to your house with my sincerest of apologies. :)
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  4. dr. gunnie

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    If we were to make a change, I feel like our position now is much more attractive than it was before Dave. We are in a better position on the court and a much better position off the court. With our facilities upgraded, the new coach will have more tools to work with.

    I will say this until I'm blue in the face, I know the usual names will be thrown out there - the ones that have ties to Mason already. I want the best person for the job. I don't think hiring someone just because they used to be here is the way to go unless they are the best person for the job.

    I would be intrigued (not saying this is who I want, just intrigued) with Glenn Farello. I don't see why a guy who has built a powerhouse in high school couldn't work for college - especially at a private school where he's had to recruit (albeit under different rules). Who else would be better to pick a staff of recruiters than a guy who has seen just about every coach in the country come through his doors to pitch his players? He might have zero interest in a job like Mason's, but I would certainly be interested in reaching out to him.
  5. G M U

    G M U Sixth Man

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    I think a Caputo type hire appeases both those who want a fresh new face with new ideas and combo's in the Coach L roots and history of the past. If Coach L was our god, this is essentially god's right hand man. He'd also be familiar with the area and has always had a knack for recruiting (Recruited NBA products from 2016-2019). He'd also be far cheaper than an established coach. The Mason ties for me also means there's a connection to the school and the program and MAYBE he doesn't immediately run to a P5 school if offered. Shaka had a deep connection with VCU and stayed 1-2 seasons longer because of it.

    Maybe Caputo brings back a Shane Larkin type recruit that Miami stole from us.
  6. gmutom

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    My hunch with Caputo is he is hoping to be the heir apparent to Larranaga at Miami when he retires, which might be pretty soon given his recent struggles physically and on the court.
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  7. GSII

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    Who cares if he visited or not. I know he was coming to play for Hewitt and was willing to listen to new regime as well. I think Lil Dave liked Dixon more.
    I am willing to bet you any amount of money that Knight held an offer from Hewitt that Diet Dew Dude pulled upon arriving at Mason. After Fischer arrived at W&M, Knight did not want to play for Fischer, until Fischer explained it wasn't him that pulled his Mason offer, and convinced him to not transfer. Convincing a Junior is probably easier I guess.

    https://www.syracuse.com/collegebas...nate_knight_announces_his_college_choice.html
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  8. DJ3

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    Bring a big name and they will stay and honestly is it the worst thing if they decide to transfer? We could upgrade at every position.
  9. DJ3

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    I would not be surprised if Coach L retires and Caputo takes over.

    Ideally I would like to see Coach L retire and become Mason’s next AD
  10. psyclone

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    Duq down 3 to Dayton 43 sec left
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    psyclone All-American

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    2 pts with 25 sec left

    Dayton ball
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    Toppin swishes 2 fts
  14. FreeGunston12

    FreeGunston12 Starter

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    I've heard you say this a lot.

    1- have you seen coach L lately?
    2- what makes you think he wants to be an AD, and start a new career at his age?
    3- have you SEEN coach L lately?
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  15. psyclone

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    Dayton wins by 4. Really good game. Dayton once led in the second half by 19. Duquesne then went on a 19-4 run.

    Obi had 4 dunks, some spectacular. But Dayton gave up many second chance pts to Dukes. And at least 4 turnovers on "home run" passes looking for Obi jams.
  16. GMUgemini

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    Good god, GW-Davidson going to 4OT!!!!
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  17. GMUgemini

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    GW wins, which means our spot in the PIG gets more probable. Got to beat out UMass, basically, to stay out of it.
  18. DJ3

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    Fair haha. But I would imaging coaching is a lot more taxing of the body than being an AD.

    But yah, he looks really tired.
  19. jessej

    jessej Specialist

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    I was at the GWU-Davidson game last nite
    (I have partial season tix to GMU, GWU, GT)

    and I may be wrong but when I line up
    GMU vs GWU by player
    GMU seems to be better
    but GMU is not winning in league while GWU is at .500 and starting 3 freshman

    but there must be some intangibles that GMU is missing
    last nite's game was close
    The key was when Toure - a starter last year under a different coach - made is first entrance into the game in OT
    the freshman center had missed 3 of 4 foul shots which could have put the game away

    and it is something as simple as a stolen rebound, center tapping a rebound out to a guard, etc, etc
    or did the soft OOC schedule hurt in terms of the league schedule?
  20. GMUgemini

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    I started watching at the 3OT mark, so obviously everyone was tired by then on both sides of the ball, but two things I noticed on GW's end -- effort, specifically aggressively guarding and closing out on shooters. They gave JAG zero room to work, so yeah, he scored 31 points, but he took 29 shots to get those points. And the second thing is, they were using Battle's 3-point ability to clear the lane for their guards, and Davidson had to defend him out there.

    I remember when we played GW, Paar sat in the middle of the paint about halfway to the FT line and didn't have to guard a single person, just sit there clogging the paint, because he didn't have to worry about our 5th player at all. On the other side of the ball, Potter got to the rim at will against us.

    Not much we can do about the second thing, but it would be nice to see some more effort on the defensive side of the ball for 40 minutes (and screw it, if you have to foul, foul, but foul with intention and put some fear in the other team, not these lazy reach ins).

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